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Geek + Art = TechnoFashion. Showcase the soul of technology with distinctive electronic jewelry, powered by science!

by Robin and Marty

Lumen is ...

1.  Super-cool, solar-powered electronic jewelry.
2.  Living, blinking proof that the guts of technology can be beautiful.
3.  Blurring the line between science and fashion.
4.  A reliably awesome conversation starter.
5.  Made with love by two siblings, both fourth-generation engineers.

...Help support us by contributing to our campaign and wearing Lumen with geek-tastic pride!

I'm tulip in green, click to see me in action!  Back our project and you could have me in red.
I'm tulip in green, click to see me in action! Back our project and you could have me in red.

Geekery and Artsy had a baby.  And it’s got pretty blinking lights!

We take the guts of circuit boards and make distinctively awesome designs to showcase the uniquely beautiful and strangely organic soul of technology.  

But our designs don’t stop there.  No, ma’am!  Each piece has LED lights connected to a solar cell.  So your jewelry charges up and blinks in an ever-so-captivating manner.  Interactive fashion FTW!

So each piece runs on an “eternal” power source -- the sun!  (OK, OK, it’s actually tri-layer silicon single crystals with the right impurities … insert dorky laughter here.)  Oh, and if you’re a geek on the run (or just forget to solar charge your bling), Lumen pieces also come with micro-USB charge connectors.  Rock!

We're Dragonfly, Butterfly, and Skull.  Click to see Butterfly in action!
We're Dragonfly, Butterfly, and Skull. Click to see Butterfly in action!
Geekware for everyone!

You don’t need to be an engineer to love these designs.  In fact, you don’t even need to know the difference between Star Trek and Star Wars if that’s not your thing.  Lumen is just fabulous for: 
  • Men, women, kids, dogs, robots, and aliens
  • Providing a conversation starter for the dancefloor/hipster coffeeshop/sci fi convention
  • Wearing your love of technology on your sleeve.  Or backpack.  Or ears.
  • Celebrating the strange beauty of the techno-world we’ve created.  Science!!
  • Helping a brother and sister live their dream.

But We’ve Got Even Bigger Dreams, Mwahaha.

We’ve noticed that kids are fascinated by Lumen.  (Um, ‘cos they’re awesome!)  These pieces have a great way of demystifying technology and making it accessible, fun, and even pretty.  

Someday, we’d love to use Lumen as an interactive vehicle for getting kids (especially girls) excited about math and science.  We’ve seen how they light up when they light up!  Our hearts go all aflutter when we think about encouraging a new wave of little engineers.

So, see?  When you invest in Lumen, you’re not just buying awesome jewelry.  You’re also helping youngsters get psyched about math and science.  Which is just awesome.

Click to see Owl in action. We've got so many ideas they're coming out of our ears!
Click to see Owl in action. We've got so many ideas they're coming out of our ears!

What are we doing with all the dolla dolla bills?

We’re so glad you asked.

What we’ve done so far …
We’ve spent the last two years toiling away in borrowed lab space, tinkering and tweaking our designs.  We’ve seen what works, what doesn’t work, and why.  We’ve created multiple generations of prototypes.  We’ve road-tested, dancefloor-tested, and even toilet bowl-tested our designs (they do officially survive life!).

Why we need your Kickstarter love:

  • To lower prices for you, dear consumer!  Right now we’re creating 3-4 pieces at a time.  But once we raise the funds, we can do larger quantity orders, effectively cutting our costs in half.  Plus we’ll have a robot helping with automated assembly, and that’s pretty geek-tastically awesome!
  • To offer more colors!  Buying circuit boards is pretty pricey, so right now we can’t afford to offer a wide variety of colors.  But once we have some initial funding, you’ll have Lumen in every color of the rainbow!
  • To make it easier to buy!  Our lovely website doesn’t have slick E-Commerce functionality yet, because it takes some development geekery to make that happen (and that’s not our expertise).  But given a higher volume and some funding, we’ll set up our online store so people around the world can buy Lumen.  In their pajamas.  (You know it’s true!)
  • To make more things!  We’ve got tons of ideas about new, different, fabulous designs.  Pins, bracelets, and more!  We can’t wait to expand and offer even more awesome for you.  And everyone on your Christmas/Hanukkah/Birthday list.

And now … the Rewards! 

Pledge $5 or more, magnet with our logo. 

Magnets are just plain cool. Show off your geek pride with our logo on a magnet, and earn our eternal gratitude for making this project $5 closer to becoming a reality. 

Pledge $25 or more, small bare necklace and magnet.

We're bare Robot, bare Skull, and blinky Owl.
We're bare Robot, bare Skull, and blinky Owl.

A distinctive circuit board hung on an soft neoprene cord.  A more subtle version for those not into the blinky bling, no LED's or solar cells.  3 designs to choose from:  Owl in green, Skull in black, or Robot in red.

$45 pair of bare earrings and magnet.

Our attractive circuit boards hung as earrings, without any components soldered onto them. A more subtle version for those not into the blinky bling. 3 designs to choose from: Owl in green, Skull in black, or Robot in red. 

Pledge $55 or more, small bare set and magnet

Get a small bare necklace and earrings. Mix and match, or get all the same design, your choice! 3 designs to choose from: Owl in green, Skull in black, and Robot in red.

Pledge $65 or more, large bare necklace and magnet

We're all bare! Tulip in green, Dragonfly in purple, and Butterfly in purple.
We're all bare! Tulip in green, Dragonfly in purple, and Butterfly in purple.

Bare is good, big is even better. A unique circuit board without components soldered onto it, hung as a necklace by a soft neoprene cord. A more subtle version for those not into the blinky bling. 3 designs to choose from: Butterfly in purple, Dragonfly in green, and Tulip in red.

Pledge $70 or more, large bare set and magnet.

Maximum bare, everywhere! Large bare necklace and small bare earrings. Mix and match, your choice. 3 earrings to choose from: Owl in green, Skull in black, and Robot in red. And 3 necklaces to choose from: Butterfly in purple, Dragonfly in green, and Tulip in red.

Pledge $75 or more, small blinky necklace and magnet.

We're all winking at you, click to see the skull in action!  Also showing Owl and Robot.
We're all winking at you, click to see the skull in action! Also showing Owl and Robot.

This is the first level with all the blinky awesomeness! Same 3 designs to chose from: Owl in green with amber eyes, Skull in black with red eyes, or Robot in red with amber eyes.

Pledge $100 or more, pair of blinky earrings and magnet.

Give your ears some WOW, they'll be the life of the party. Same 3 designs as the bare earrings: Owl in green with amber eyes, Skull in black with red eyes, or Robot in red with amber eyes.

Pledge $130 or more, small blinky set and magnet.

Your ears and neck will thank you for a matching set, or set them both apart by mixing and matching. 3 blinky designs to choose from: Owl in green with amber eyes, Skull in black with red eyes, or Robot in red with amber eyes.

Pledge $150 or more, large blinky necklace and magnet.

Click to see Dragonfly in action!  Also in this picture are Butterfly, Tulip in red, and blinking Tulip in green.
Click to see Dragonfly in action! Also in this picture are Butterfly, Tulip in red, and blinking Tulip in green.

Maximize your fabulousness with 16 LED's! Same 3 designs to choose from as the large bare necklace: Butterfly in purple with amber LED's, Dragonfly in green with amber LED's, or Tulip in red with alternating red and amber LED's.

Pledge $195 or more, large blinky set and magnet.

Add some awesomesauce to your wardrobe and supersize your blinky bling! Get a large blinky necklace and a pair of small blinky earrings. Necklace choices include Butterfly in purple with amber LED's, Dragonfly in green with amber LED's, or Tulip in red with alternating red and amber LED's. Earring choices include Owl in green with amber eyes, Skull in black with red eyes, or Robot in red with amber eyes.

FAQ

What if I’m not a geek?  Can I still wear your stuff?
Totally!  We also think it’s really cool that “geek” has gone mainstream.  We want to be part of that celebration!

Can I electrocute myself?
Yes.  But not with Lumen jewelry!  It’s just not possible.  We’ve tested it.  The solar cell powering each piece carries about the same voltage as a watch battery.  You just can’t hurt yourself with it.

Are they waterproof?
Yep!  We’ve even dropped ‘em in a toilet.  They take a licking and keep on blinking!

How do I charge them up?
They work on an eternal power source -- the sun!  But if the sun ain’t shinin’ -- or you’re just in a hurry -- they also come equipped with a micro-USB slot so you can quick-charge your bling from any computer -- or most cell phone chargers.  And don’t fret if you’re not super tech-savvy -- we’re including all the details and directions with each piece, so you can get the very most out of your jewelry.

How long do they stay charged?
It depends on the piece.  When they’re fully charged, the smaller models will blink for about 90 minutes.  The larger pieces can keep going for 5-6 hours.  And if you leave it in a sunny window, it’ll just keep going and going, until the sun goes out!

Is there an off switch?

Yes … sort of.  You can turn them off, but if you’re still in direct sunlight, they’ll keep blinking.  But you’ll be just fine in a movie theater.

Do we do international shipping?                                                

Unfortunately not at this time.  But we really appreciate your interest. Sign up for our newsletter and you'll know as soon as our e-commerce site goes live.  

Are there side effects to wearing Lumen?
Yes.  You will look even more awesome.  Interesting people will want to talk to you.  And you may or may not begin to get curious about what’s inside random pieces of technology around you.

This is so cool!  How can I help spread the word?
Aw, shucks, thanks!  You can “like” our Facebook page, check out our awesome website, and subscribe to our weekly newsletter to hear about our latest tinkerings.  

Most importantly, you can share our Kickstarter page with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.  Tell your book club, too.  Post a flyer in your favorite coffeeshop.  Contribute a billboard or well-trafficked neon sign.  You know, get creative.  And thanks for your support!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

We are both engineers and have worked in industry on large and small projects. We know first hand what it takes to go from prototype to production. All the quotes are back from our domestic manufacturers, so we understand pretty well how much time and money it will take. The quantities are limited on all of our rewards because we'll be doing the final finishing steps ourselves, by hand. These steps make each piece truly unique, just for you!

We'll do our darn'est to get the bare jewelry to you by Christmas, so you'll have some geektastic bling under the tree. And the awesome blinkyness should arrive by Valentines day, to help light up your wardrobe, or that of your significant other. ;)

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